James “Mad Dog” Mattis Resigns as SECDEF

December 20, 2018 – James N. Mattis became the 26th Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2017. A native of Richland, Washington, Secretary Mattis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 18. After graduating from Central Washington University in 1971, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his more than four decades in uniform, Secretary Mattis commanded Marines at all levels, from an infantry rifle platoon to a Marine Expeditionary Force. He led an infantry battalion in Iraq in 1991, an…

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NATO Chief Lists Benefits of Alliance to United States

By Jim Garamone September 15, 2018 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is as important to the United States as it is to Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said here at the Heritage Foundation yesterday. The NATO chief spoke at the foundation following talks with U.S. security officials. In his remarks, he stressed the importance of the nearly 70-year-old organization to America. The alliance has guaranteed peace and stability in Europe since it was founded in 1949, Stoltenberg said. NATO was a response to aggression from the Soviet Union…

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DoD Ready to Respond After Hurricane Nate

Defense Department personnel stand ready to respond in the Gulf Coast for any request for assistance following Hurricane Nate. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pre-approved DoD lifesaving and life-sustaining support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the hurricane. The storm, which has since weakened to a tropical depression, made its first landfall last night in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, and made its second landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, also as a Category 1 storm. Northcom Fully Engaged U.S. Northern Command…

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Minister Pyne discusses the strength of Australian Defence industry with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis

April 7, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today met with US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Washington DC. During the meeting with Secretary Mattis, both the Minister and the Secretary reflected on the strong defense industry ties between the two countries and the desire on both sides to further deepen cooperation in this key area. Minister Pyne said the meeting with Secretary Mattis was an important opportunity to highlight the strength of Australian defense industry to our key ally and to demonstrate our capability as…

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